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H.R. 6559: Fair College Admissions for Students Act

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Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. may have simultaneously played for the Seattle Mariners, but should kids get a leg up at getting into their parents’ college?


Relatives of a college’s alumni, such as children or grandchildren, are nicknamed “legacies.” Those students are far more likely to be accepted at their predecessor’s alma mater, particularly at prestigious or elite colleges. For example, while the overall acceptance rate at Harvard is 5.9 percent, the legacy acceptance rate is 33.6 percent.

One of the resulting problems, critics say, is who exactly these legacies are. For most of their histories, America’s top universities didn’t accept those from certain demographics, such as black people or Jews. Even though those problems were rectified decades ago, the aftereffects linger on through …

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Jamaal Bowman

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 16th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 2, 2022
Length: 3 pages
Feb 2, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 2, 2022

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10 Cosponsors (10 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 2, 2022

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